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Schedule

The 16th Annual

 

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Please note all below events are subject to change. please check back here for the most up to date information regarding MHLF 2022 offerings. 

June 10, 2022:

3:00pm to 3:15pm: Welcome Session with Patrick Wensink and Grace Mahieu

 

3:30pm to 5:00pm: Workshop Session

Poetry: Language and Line with Savannah Sipple: 

In this introductory workshop we'll explore how language and the line function in poetry and we'll generate poems that experiment using both.

Fiction: From Myth to Fiction: Modernizing Traditional Stories, Folklore, and Tall Tales by Creating New Works with Annette Clapsaddle

Participants will analyze examples of culturally significant stories from across the world and evaluate which features make them lasting and relevant today. Participants will then mine their own ideas and practice applying these principles and features through generative work.

 

5:00pm to 6:15pm: Dinner Break

 

6:30pm to 8:00pm: Workshop Session

Poetry: We Hold These Truths with Melissa Helton

Poetry is a tool to remember, to process, to advocate, to commemorate, to catalyze. We will explore examples of poems that act as witness to current events and social movements and write our own.

Nonfiction: Writing the Threshold with Jessie Van Eerden

“The word threshold,” writes John O’Donohue in his book To Bless the Space Between Us, “was related to the word thresh, which was the separation of the grain from the husk or straw when oats were flailed... To cross a threshold is to leave behind the husk and arrive at the grain.” This generative class will focus on writing threshold spaces, the spaces of transformation. Crossing a threshold can involve loss, leaving, boundary-crossing, a new start, a shedding of an old idea or behavior, a rite of passage, a letting go, a first meeting—central experiences that create dynamism in our prose.

 

June 11, 2022:

9:00am to 10:30am: Workshop session

Poetry: Embodying the Abstract with Melissa Helton

We will look at concrete imagery and its power to connect readers to the poem. We will practice how, when taken one step further, imagery can connect readers to the abstract through figurative language. 

Fiction: The Living Story: Infusing physical sensation into our writing through practice, observation, and structure with Annette Clapsaddle

By employing our own bodies in the craft of writing to create new worlds, new experiences, and new energy, we empower our stories to invoke a corporeal experience. Explore methods for infusing physical sensation into your writing through practice, observation, and structure.

Nonfiction: Connecting Our Personal Stories to Stories Larger Than Ourselves with Jessie Van Eerden

In this class, we’ll study ways to enliven personal essays with source material external to the self. How do we enrich and peer into our personal experience when we write it alongside ekphrasis or investigation of myth, or when we write personal history within cultural history? We’ll examine a variety of essays as models and will practice using structures, such as braided and collage forms, that offer a container for work that brings together self and world.

Young Adult: Character Building with Randi Pink

In this workshop participants will be learning how to create memorable characters with internactive exercises, information, and examples. 

 

10:45am to 12:15pm: Workshop session

Poetry: Quare Poetics with Savannah Sipple

This advanced workshop will explore poets who queer the canon and we'll write our own poems that push the boundaries of convention.

Fiction: The Living Story: Infusing physical sensation into our writing through practice, observation, and structure with Annette Clapsaddle

By employing our own bodies in the craft of writing to create new worlds, new experiences, and new energy, we empower our stories to invoke a corporeal experience. Explore methods for infusing physical sensation into your writing through practice, observation, and structure.

 

 

12:15pm to 1:15pm: Lunch break (on your own)

 

1:15pm to 2:45pm: Workshop Session

Poetry: Quare Poetics with Savanna Sipple

This advanced workshop will explore poets who queer the canon and we'll write our own poems that push the boundaries of convention.

Poetry: We Hold These Truths with Melissa Helton

Poetry is a tool to remember, to process, to advocate, to commemorate, to catalyze. We will explore examples of poems that act as witness to current events and social movements and write our own.

Nonfiction: Connecting Our Personal Stories to Stories Larger Than Ourselves with Jessie Van Eerden

In this class, we’ll study ways to enliven personal essays with source material external to the self. How do we enrich and peer into our personal experience when we write it alongside ekphrasis or investigation of myth, or when we write personal history within cultural history? We’ll examine a variety of essays as models and will practice using structures, such as braided and collage forms, that offer a container for work that brings together self and world.

 

 

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Panel discussions

                Fiction Panel with Annette Clapsaddle

                Nonfiction Panel with Jessie Van Eerden

                Poetry Panel with Melissa Helton and Savannah Sipple

 

4:15pm to 6:00pm: Instructor reading/ talkback

 

6:00pm to 6:45pm: Dinner break

 

7:00pm to 8:30pm: Keynote Address and Book Signing with Rebecca Gayle Howell